Ink Sample Labelling pt. 1

So one of my favourite dealers (I don’t have a problem!) I mean pen shops is Goulet Pens. This video/blog post they made on ink samples and organising them prompted this post.

So, Goulet Pens has this awesome program called Ink Drop that is like a cheese-of-the-month club but for inks. You sign up for a subscription (go there for the full details) and get a monthly package of several vials of ink samples, usually seasonally or topically themed, they are always awesome.

I started my subscription immediately after seeing the video reveal for July 2011’s Ink Drop, themed Flashlight Tag. I have not been disappointed and it’s well worth the money to me as I’d rather have a large variety of samples than only one or two bottles of ink. I have ADHD and this is perfect for me. No excruciating decisions, just awesome samples, every month! Sorry if I sound like an advertisement, I’m not getting paid for this, I just LOVE the service.

Anyway, the one problem with the subscription, and always adding a few samples to every order I make (they have HUNDREDS of inks, so there is always something new to try) is the samples pile up FAST. So what to do with them? I’m still working on this (why this post is part 1) but the one thing I do right now, which is different from what I’ve seen others do, is label the tops with a label maker. Here I’ve posted the end result of labelling some of my inks and the label maker I use. I will put the detailed process with lots more pics in another post.

Ink samples in a tub, rack and label maker.

As you can see when they’re in a tub or the rack the Goulets sell, you can’t see the nice labels they put on the sides of the vials. So after several different tries of different products and processes, I settled on the label maker. I tried laser address labels punched out with a 1/2″ round punch, but the toner rubbed off, so I tried “laminating” those punched labels with clear cellophane tape, but then they curled and wouldn’t stay stuck to the lids. I tried a couple other things, but so far the label maker labels stick and last the best. It’s been about 4 months and I haven’t seen any come off yet.
Here’s a close up of the lids in the IKEA tub. You don’t have to dump them out and sift through them like this.


I will post the process with more in depth and detailed photos soon. All my pens, samples and everything are all still packed from when I moved house a while ago, so it may be a bit. I wanted to at least get these phone pics from before the move up to show the concept. Once I find the box they’re packed in, I’ll post part 2. Until then, thanks for reading and I hope this helps!

New favourite in rotation, Pen of the Day #17

My current favourite pen to use, that I’ve been picking up for most things is my recently acquired Kaweco Pink Ice Sport with medium nib. I was waiting to get one because I wanted to get a pink version of the whole line (I’ll probably post on it, but it includes a clutch pencil, rollerballs, ballpoints, mechanical pencils, etc.) and was hoping to buy them all from one supplier so I would be less likely to get vastly different shades of pink for each item.

However, I got really impatient and finally caved on the fountain pen. I got it at Goulet Pens (they of the evil awesomeness that is hundreds of available ink samples and stunningly excellent and personal customer service – no I don’t work there or get stuff from them, they are just people who love pens and ink and love sharing those loves and do so at a good price). I think it might have been on sale which is why I finally pulled the trigger on the purchase. ๐Ÿ™‚

In the same order I also got three spring/seasonal ink samples from Pilot Iroshizuku. I really adore their bottles, the beauty of the colours, the modern vibrancy yet still with a sense of history and nature. Plus I’ve never heard a bad review other than some with slower dry times which doesn’t impact my ink decisions. I go by colour primarily.

I wanted samples for spring that would coincide with when I’d be using them. I must admit that the idea of using different specific inks seasonally really appeals to me. Only the most “me” colours in their line are all fall and winter ones (not normally a YAY SPRING kind of person) so I only got three samples to try that were if not “spring”, then non-specific (unsure about glory vine’s seasonality)
Tsuki-yo (Moonlight)
yama-budo (crimson glory vine)
Tsutsuji (Azalea)

So when I got my Ice Sport, I decided to ink it up with the colour I’d not pick first, the blue, Tsuki-yo. I must say it is *stunning*. I’ll do a proper review of it before I run out, but it’s a smoky teal blue with so much depth and character. It made me like blue ink. ๐Ÿ™‚

Here’s a quick pic of the (Medium nib) Kaweco Pink Ice Sport with Tsuki-yo ink in the cartridge. It wasn’t done for the blog, but to show someone the grip section, but it’s all I’ve got at 12:30am. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ll update with more shots of the pen and nib.

Thanks for looking! Happy creating!


update and a neat product

Dang. I just lost my first draft of this.

I’m too tired to rehash it word for word, but what I had been experiencing as bronchitis and strep throat actually are most likely mono (mononucleosis ). I’ll know for sure on Tuesday when I get my labs back.

I had a lucky (ish) very bad allergic reaction to the new antibiotics they gave me for strep otherwise I wouldn’t have gone in and that’s how they figured it out. I had it once before in 8th grade, but I was a kid and sick a lot (though never before this sick) so I don’t really remember how long the sore throat lasted. Once I’m past that and just in the sleep-all-day bit, I’ll be back to the blog!

I have been getting pictures of things and I have a few I’m working on colour correcting and tweaking a bit, and I’m trying to get more done when I’m having a few good minutes. I’ve also got the actual site design sketched out and will be finalising it in the computer once I can sit at it for awhile. These are definitely things I’ll be doing as soon as this throat settles down.

In the meantime, thanks for sticking with me through this health roller coaster ride and I can’t wait to start promoting once I get things finally designed. (What are your thoughts on Inky, the geek squid up top? She was supposed to have cat-eye glasses but I’m having difficulty with getting the *right* shape for her. ๐Ÿ™‚ Squid don’t have noses!)

Now here’s something to help hold you over until I am feeling a bit better. These are pics I took of the incredibly awesome Noodler’s Blue Ghost in action last year after I got my ink drop with it (August 2011, Flashlight Tag) from Goulet Pens.

Before, an ivory-papered sketchbook paper

After: with the lights out and the UV led shining on the exact same page!! How stinking awesome is that?! SO cool!

Sketchbook: red hardcover cloth bound square handโ€ขbook, purchased at Artist & Craftsman Supply in Berkeley with my own money.
Pen: Preppy Platinum (pink) highlighter marker / chisel fibre-nib already converted by the lovely folks at Goulet Pens to an eye dropper fill (pen, necessary supplies and instructions to convert your own can be found on their website). Pen and mini UV LED were part of a purchased ink delivery subscription (Ink Drop) from aforementioned Goulet Pens. I paid for the subscription myself.
Images just filtered through instagram for fun. Colour is representative.